Equipment managers know that maintaining track and field equipment is essential to the sport. This is true during the season when athletes compete and during the offseason when the equipment is stored away. The following information will provide some basic instruction about how to safely store your track and field equipment until the next season.
Have Enough Room to Store Equipment
If you’re a track coach at a university, college or high school you probably know that most athletic equipment is maintained by the equipment manager and their assistants. These individuals are usually hired staff that are responsible for maintaining all of the sports equipment at a school. All equipment managers know they need to have enough space within a school to store athletic. This is especially true for universities and public high schools with a large athletic program that involves many different sports.
Track and field equipment is usually kept inside of an equipment storage area – separated from other sport’s equipment. Items such as hurdles, vaulting poles, discuss, javelins and timing and measuring equipment. Equipment managers also need to have adequate space to safekeep pole vault boxes, throw circles and long jump take off systems.
If an equipment manager does not have enough area to store track and field equipment, they will usually hire an outside equipment space company. This business will then provide adaptable storage solutions to ensure that track and field items are securely stored within a facility.
Clean and Protect Equipment
Assistant equipment managers will usually clean and store items under the direction of their manager. According to Athletic Business equipment should be routinely cleaned before and during the time it is stored away. This is especially true during the off season.
If equipment is not properly cleaned and maintained during the offseason, factors such as germs, mold and mildew can ruin some equipment. Pest control might not seem like an issue with track and field items, but it can be. Rodents and insects sometimes can ruin equipment. It does happen more often than a person would believe. Equipment should also be cleaned with the proper solutions that will not strip or harm the finish of the item.
Security of Equipment and Gear
Track and field items often get stolen or misplaced during the offseason. It happens a lot more than people would believe. One of the most important things that equipment assistants can do during the offseason is to routinely inventory every piece of track equipment. Taking these steps will ensure that the gear is not being “mysteriously” removed from the facility. They should also lock up equipment with special locks that only the workers have access to. This is another safety prevention method that will help to protect equipment during the offseason.